23 people in South Africa commit suicide every day. The likes of World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health day (10 October), like most named days, mean little without continued mobilisation. Raising awareness annually is meaningless without disseminating resources, increasing accessibility to treatment, and the normalisation of mental health conversations within society. Below we’ve included a list of places that you can get help for yourself or someone you know, and some resources to aid understanding.
Destigmatising common mental illnesses
Destigmatisation happens slowly. It requires confronting and understanding mental illness. These videos are recommended by The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG), and look at a few specific mental illnesses visually through interviews and animation.
The SADAG site also includes brochures, videos, articles, helplines, and questionnaires to check your mental health. They offer Q&A sessions and over 200 support groups throughout the country. Their phone lines are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. SADAG also houses resources for ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD/Trauma and other disorders like schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, sleeping disorders, cutting and self-injury.
Here are some additional helplines to store in your phone book or pass onto a friend or relative who may need it:
Cipla SADAG Mental Health Line
0800 4567 789 or WhatsApp 076 88 22 775
For a suicidal Emergency: 0800 567 567
Destiny Helpline for Youth & Students
0800 41 42 43
0800 55 44 33
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14
Find a Support Group in your area
0800 21 22 23
TherapyRoute is a mental health service directory and resource that helps people find nearby mental health services, e.g. psychologists, social workers, community clinics, NGO’s, and psychiatric hospitals throughout South Africa (and beyond).
Don’t let stigma prevent you from taking action, getting help or speaking out.